Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Knitting

Winter is such a great time to be a knitter. What a better excuse to stay inside, drink something hot, and play with yarn, then a huge snow fall. This area, like many others this weekend, saw record snowfall, with some ice.

Last winter I was working with some nice winter wear, perfect for knitting and wearing this year also. The first is Plymouth Yarn 2874 Aran Pullover in Galway Worsted. 100% wool, this will keep you warm on even a cold day. Don't you love the heart shaped neckline?


Next is one of my new favorite yarns, Plymouth Yarn's Homestead. This is 2877 Vest make it for the men in  your life. Because it is an aran weight yarn it will still be a fast knit.


What have you been working on?
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Snowflake Shawl Testing, New Pattern, Newsletter

Things have been happening here at 100Creations. This month I had a pattern released in a magazine, opened my own group on Ravelry, started testing a shawl pattern, began building a newsletter, and of course knit every spare moment. 

Ravelry Group

My Ravelry group is 100Creations by Rachel. Please join  me there for test knitting opportunities, patterns releases, and sales. Currently testing is being done on the Snowflake Faroese Shawl. It is a top down shawl with shoulder shaping that allows you to adjust fit and placement of the snowflakes.

Join me in the testing thread to join in testing, or ask for an earburn when the pattern is published. Hat patterns are also being developed, with the hope to start testing them soon.

Pattern Release


Unlike typical cabled scarves that feature orderly lines of cabled stitches, this beauty showcases two side cables that hug the lines of the center cable. The effect is a complex-looking scarf that is as fun to knit as it is to wear.
(from the February 2016 issue of I Like Knitting)

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Fair Isle Pattern Recommendations

Browsing Ravelry recently, I came across some fair isle patterns that needed to be mentioned. 

Fractured Fairy Tale Hat
I love the purple and grey version, but this one shows the pattern best. Aren't the flowers fun? Great to brighten up your winter!
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Snowflakes have never been so warm. Love all the snowflake patterns, and the cozy halo in this yarn. 

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Love the rose motif. Use this motif in your own project, it will look great in any color.
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Have you knit any fair isle lately? Read about my fair isle project the Veliki Hat and Mittens for Juniper Moon Farm.  Share with me your projects and wishlist. 




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Juniper Moon Farms, Veliki Hat and Mittens

Juniper Moon Farm released Veliki Hat and Mittens patterns, one my model knits. This yarn is wonderful! The set is cozy warm and soft, you need to make a set for this winter. Don't let the fairisle scare you, if I can knit it, I know you can.


Come back Monday for some more fair isle pattern recommendations!



Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: Hanna Maciejewska, Hats On!

One of my favorite independent designers, Hanna Maciejewska, has just released a new ebook, Hats On!.  Like most of her pattern, the focus is on textures that are fun to knit, and will be great to wear. My favorite hat is Long Walks, I can see this being one I wear all the time. I would probably modify it to a beanie fit for me, but love this one too.
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What new pattern has caught your eye?